Ubisoft is teasing a new game announcement by streaming a mysterious video of a cave painting depicting a man holding a bow in one hand and a large spear in the other. The embers of a fire can be seen flitting in front of the image.
The cryptic image isn't all there is to the video. Turn up your speakers and eerie music, the sounds of growling beasts, and ritualistic chanting can be heard in the background. There is also something that sounds like normal speech, but there's a layered echo effect on the audio, which makes it difficult to make out what's being said. The video is slowly zooming out to reveal more of the painting, so keep an eye on it.
It is unclear what this project may be, but the most obvious guess would be a new entry in the Far Cry series, which has prominently featured both hunting gameplay and the bow and arrow weapon. The video description also says "survival is timeless" and survival has been a core theme of the Far Cry franchise.
In November 2014, Ubisoft discussed the possibility of a Far Cry 4 spin-off akin to Far Cry 3's 80's action movies inspired Blood Dragon. Alex Hutchinson, creative director at Ubisoft Montreal, indicated that while Blood Dragon 2 isn't on the cards, it would consider spinning off into another unique setting.
"That's was what was cool about [Blood Dragon], it was surprising," he said. "It was a great use of the Far Cry 3 base, and had an awesome soundtrack. But no, you won't get another one of those. But hopefully we'll be able to surprise you with something just as much."
The teaser may be related to this new spin-off. Of course, it could also be a brand new property, or something tied to For Honor, an action game that pits warriors from different civilizations against each other.
Another teaser image can be seen below.
In February 2015, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Far Cry would be one of the company's tentpole franchises for years to come.
"The Far Cry franchise is here for the long-run and is a stronger contender in the shooter genre," he said during a conference call.
The open-world shooter managed strong sales despite launching on the same date as other high-profile blockbusters such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.